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My wife and I bought a 21slx last year (but a 2014 model) and late last year a close friend and fiance to my sister-in-law was in an accident leaving him in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. Has anyone had experience or suggestions to getting someone in a wheelchair on board so he can still enjoy boating with us?
 
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So sorry to hear the news about your friend 

There are ramp options for pontoons 

Handi-Ramp’s Aqua Ramp – Pontoon Boarding Ramp

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There are ramps which run from dock to boat as well

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AAPD is a great source of information 

Good Luck

EZ-Access Aluminum Suitcase Single Fold Wheelchair Ramp - 800 lb Capacity

 

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Gain instant access up stairs, in vehicles or on raised landings with the suitcase wheelchair ramp from EZ-Access. Manufactured from lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum and weighing no more than 30 lbs, carry this wheelchair ramp like a suitcase wherever you go. The self-adjusting transition plate provides solid footing, and the skid-resistant surface grips your wheels for excellent traction. The suitcase wheelchair ramp has an 800 lb weight capacity and is available in lengths up to 6'.

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Width of wheel chair may cause a need for modification of entry point to boat

 

 

Get your wheelchair on a boat 



 ` I had a great time the 4th of July weekend up at my aunt and uncle’s cottage in northern WI. Although their cottage was not particularly accessible (30+ steps down to the lake!) they did make arrangements for me to board their pontoon boat at a neighbor’s shoreline. The door off the front of their boat was much more than 30 inches wide so they just pulled straight up to the shore and we used the 7 footfolding wheelchair ramp that I carry in my car just for these occasions. The ramp bridged the gap from the land to the boat very easily and sturdily. It took less than 2 minutes and I was on board.

This is just one way to get yourself onto a boat. There are also many other options. In the past I have abandoned my wheelchair on the shoreline and been lifted via a fork lift onto a boat. I have also been carried onto a deep sea fishing boat as well as another family member’s pontoon boat one time when we didn’t have ramps available. My point is that if you would like to get on a boat but can’t physically climb on the boat yourself, you can still do it with a little help.

If you would like to own a boat, maybe you would want to get a custom ramp built. There are several companies out there who make custom wheelchair ramps for boats. Just search google and you can easily find them. I haven’t ever bought one so I can’t endorse one particular company over another. But anything is possible!

The time spent on the lake was relaxing, fun, and a great change of scenery. I could have easily said “No” to the extra steps they were proposing to get me on the boat but it turned out to be very, very easy.

Please note I have no personal experience with this and only offer these articles as suggestions
 
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Wow, thanks, awesome community here. You guys gave me fast replies and I am looking into all of them.
 

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Sorry for your friends accident. Does he have to stay in the chair or can he get close and be carried to a seat?
 

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Cwag911, he doesn't have to really stay in his chair, but he is a bigger guy. Our hopes were to get him on the boat in his chair then transfer to a seat. We use a public launch so accommodations aren't really possible at the launch itself. I looked up a side mount ramp that appears to be a good idea (idea from previous poster). My boat is currently covered and we will have to determine the width of his chair and the gate.
 

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The 2014 S (depending on when it was built) should still have the wider bow gate. Might not be wide enough for a chair but it is a lot wider than the 2015- models.
 

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The 2014 S (depending on when it was built) should still have the wider bow gate. Might not be wide enough for a chair but it is a lot wider than the 2015- models.
I didn't know they made a change in the width of the bow gate

I am happy to have bought the 2014 

The extra width is an advantage for people with disabilities and seniors needing assistance, both which are concerns for me and others.

I hope Bennington reconsiders the width of the bow gate for these reasons

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Minimum wheelchair width is between 24 to 27 inches. Does anybody have the dimension of the entry gates on our boats?!?
 

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Just guessing at the width of the side door on mine since I'm not home, but I think the door on my 20slx is around 20 - 24". It's narrower than the front gate. Also guessing that the front gate is around 32".
 
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Also please note that your dealer can also contact Bennington and inquire about special customization
 

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I didn't know they made a change in the width of the bow gate

I am happy to have bought the 2014 

The extra width is an advantage for people with disabilities and seniors needing assistance, both which are concerns for me and others.

I hope Bennington reconsiders the width of the bow gate for these reasons

They narrowed up the front gate to accommodate the wrap around front seating.

I believe that you can still get the "old" style front gate with the base "S" (not "SX")?
 
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